Well, this isn't how Wilson Chandler wanted to start his time with the Sixers.
The team announced Saturday that Chandler underwent an MRI which confirmed he suffered a left hamstring strain in Friday's preseason opener against Melbourne United. Chandler will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three weeks.
His status for the start of the regular season appears to be in doubt, with the Sixers set to open their campaign on Oct. 16 against the Celtics.
With Chandler sidelined, Jerryd Bayless surprisingly stepped in vs. Melbourne (see story). Head coach Brett Brown is still tinkering with his rotation, but Chandler's absence should provide more oppportunities for Bayless to earn minutes, along with young bench players like Landry Shamet, Furkan Korkmaz and Jonah Bolden.
The Sixers acquired Chandler, an 11-year NBA veteran, from the Denver Nuggets this offseason looking for versatility and toughness off the bench (see story).
“[Chandler] can play the three, he can play the four, he can switch out and guard a two, he’s a veteran,” Brown said on Monday. “He’s sort of a quiet achiever. He’s physical.
“I’ve had players like Luc Mbah a Moute, those modern-day playoff guys that are versatile and tough. The Morris twins in some ways. They’re just very versatile. And Wilson reminds me of that type of player. He’s multipurpose defensively and offensively.”
The Sixers continue preseason play on Monday vs. the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center.